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Podcast #074 – My Journey Back Home to Hawaii

This is my Journey back home:

Up to this point, my life has followed a steady, linear trajectory. But today… I took my own advise that time is your most important asset and I am happy to announce that I am speaking to you from Honolulu, Hawaii the new home base of Simple Passive Cashflow!

As a teenager growing up on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, I was programmed to go to college on the mainland because the cost of living in Hawaii was too high and jobs compensation was pretty poor. With the cost of living in Hawaii being 10% more than Seattle or San Francisco and 20% less pay for equivalent jobs, living a comfortable life is no easy feat. I resolved to never return unless I was extremely well off financially – although I am not where I want to be – I have the knowledge and network to get me where I need in the next few years.

Looking back on my path as a wide-eyed college student living away from my family for the first time in Seattle. And then started my Engineering career working for blood money for my first employer. I am a little dumbfounded how all that work through the traditional educational system only prepared me for a life as a worker-bee to save more and hopefully have enough after I gave away all that time during a 40 year career. I do look back with gratitude since it gave me the means to save up for down payments and truly savour freedom when I achieve it.

I wanted to inspire others to “Burn The Boats”… to do what you want, where you want, and with whom you want – whether its buying that first rental, quitting a crappy job, getting away from a bad boss, starting a family, or just telling your mother in law to shut up.

Here are the 10 main reasons for my return to Hawaii and I hope you can find similarities to your journey:

1) It’s a seller’s market.

2) I don’t see many deals out in the market worthy of investing in. In fact, I can’t find many that will make money. I don’t believe in rent trends continuing upward. In my mind, that’s called speculation.

3) Hawaii is a great place to hide out and chill. Knowing when to “hold’em” and when to “fold’em” is half the battle.

4) Environment matters. I used to live in a really affluent area in Kirkland and my Mercedes is seriously the crappiest car on the block. Homes are filled with babysitters watching kids as their parents play Bejewelled on their I-Phones. I just don’t feel like I fit in. Seattle also gets dark at 3:30 PM in the Seattle winter and I dislike being cold all of the time. Talk about Kurt Cobain! Shoot yourself in the head!

5) Embrace minimalism. My homeboy FI Fighter took the path of Extreme Financial Independence to race to a point where his income exceeded his expenses. At that point the plan is to escape the rat race which not only includes your job but the environment that contributes to lifestyle creep. On paper, Hawaii is one of the if not most expensive States to live in as evident with the median home costs of $800,000 and 8 dollar gallon of milk. The truth is in order to survive, Hawaii’s locals have to live frugally, in multiple generational households, and the housing stock/amenities is much lower quality (B tenant lives in a C building by US Mainland standards)… it’s the price of paradise. From time to time we need to get back to basics and keep it simple.

Jon Jandai | TEDxDoiSuthep

6) A unique opportunity. One of my main goals is to create an investor network in Hawaii. People in Hawaii are very fiscally conservative and there is a lot of generational wealth passed on to younger generations. This creates a complex problem for people who have money and “don’t know how to fish.” My hope is to leverage the talents of others to create a non-profit financial education group based on the philanthropy of those who I will liberate from the rat race and will in turn help mentor others in basic personal financial education such as keeping a budget. If you are interested please reach out to me. The best companies are built on the foundations of culture and this is something I know everyone that comes to this website strongly believes in.

7) Technology bridges oceans. Some will say that I need to be close to the action, but I feel technology allows me to be everywhere at once. I travel to Texas and Atlanta a lot and they are major airport hubs which offer direct flights to HNL. I am also a cheap ass (which I am working to change :p), so I take the red-eye to avoid paying for a hotel that day. My situation will actually improve since instead of a 4 hour flight from Seattle to Texas, I now have a full 7 hour shut-eye flight from HNL to DFW.

8) Serve the people of Hawaii. You might be asking why am I still working? Check out this previous talk I gave explaining why you should not quit your job. I’ll be honest although, I work a few hours a day and times on the weekend on building SPC and my multi-family syndications I don’t have enough work to keep my busy all the time. I recently interviewed for a job and I told them that I was looking to work for good people who treated me fairly and with respect. For the past few years I only worked for non-private entities because I thought that they are one of those busy days at work… my efforts benefit at least the people and not a corporate entity. And now it’s great that my work benefits the place I grew up. But don’t get me wrong here… I still don’t really enjoy the work I do and it is not Ikigai or the alignment for four items: 1) What you are good at, 2) What you Love, 3) What the world needs, 4) What you can be paid for.

9) Passion+Lifestyle=Happiness. Tom Corley (from Rich Habits) identifies 2 ways self-made millionaires rose from poverty or the middle-class. Either you live below your means and wisely invest your savings or you pursue something you are passionate about. I am achieving the best of both worlds. Yes, Hawaii is more expensive on paper, but it is easier to live a simple life and not get caught up in the perpetual pissing contest that many working professionals subconsciously partake in.

10) Retirement is a state of being. People wear Hawaiian Shirts on a vacation to feel relaxed. Why not make everyday like that? I am nowhere where I want to be but on my way. With a little Shave Ice too. I want my everyday life to feel like an indefinite vacation. #LuckyYouLiveHawaii

Live in the moment. Life is short… pull your head out off your butt before the years fly by. Don’t you see those Facebook memories posts and think where did the years go? The day is long and the years are short. Get up get out and get some. WUKAR! Lanikai Sunrise 😁 Check out the youTube Channel.

 

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Podcast #073 – Interview with J. Martin, Organizer of SFBay Real Estate Summit

J. Martin shares his story about how he became the founder/host of the SFBay Real Estate Summit and how he funded his world exploration through real estate. Here are some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

  • $85K Passive income with a furnished rental business and other rental investments
  • He started a meet up in San Francisco and Josh Dorkin from BiggerPockets contacted him
  • After the 2012 BiggerPockets summit he copied the speaker list and called everyone
  • Replicate what people want
  • A lot of REI clubs are pitch-fest with profit sharing
  • Contact me with an iTunes review or referral to a new listener and I will let you know who to stay away from
  • Speech or topic meeting appeal to new members
  • Open circle
  • Don’t be an ask-hole, always add with value
  • Think what the potential mentor needs and do it
  • A lot of people what to be active when they really want to be passive
  • In every interaction try and add value
  • Give away info and value to see who are the sharks out there
  • There can be value to talking to people who do completely different type of investing thing using the same tool
  • IP Targeting to target certain people
  • Before an event look people up and see who you want to meet
  • Have a goal of what you are looking for and what you have to give
  • Make the initial contact to follow up later
  • Just realize that everyone else is there looking to people just like you
  • In today’s market J Martin is realizing that he can’t travel and purchase to properties and is traveling
  • He likes to deploy capital when the odds are best in his favor
  • Funding & Deals work in inverse

Thank you J.Martin for joining us on Simple Passive Cash flow!

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Podcast#072 – Interview with Rod Khleif, Multi-Family Home Investor

Rod Khleif shares his story about how he began as a multi-family home investor, beginning his journey in Denver, Colorado. He shares his struggles, his experience and his successes. Here are some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

  • Multi-Family Home investor market was founded in the 2008 crash “Hans Solo Moment”
  • MFH has all the repair crews in house
  • In 2008 rents did not go down but the vacancy did
  • Two months is the typical turnover
  • As a C and D class multi-family home investor, you will need to pay for 2000-3000 per turnoff effectively wiping out your cash flow
  • Failures are just seminars that teach us
  • Don’t flip in the high end (A and B class)
  • Don’t get a MFH 5 year balloon, instead get a 7-10 year term
  • VAs is calling Apartment Owners – Use county assessors office then Secretary of State to get mailing address, lookup phone numbers
  • For discount Tony Robbins tickets to “UPW” four day event email Lane@SimplePassiveCashflow.com

Thank you Rod Khleif for joining us on Simple Passive Cash flow!

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Podcast #071 – Fundamentals – Recent Setbacks in my Rentals

Setbacks in a rental investment merely teach you about yourself or the systems you use.

Wait, catch yourself if you are feeling sorry for me… Setbacks in a rental investment merely teach you about yourself or the systems you use. It is an opportunity for growth! And in real estate is a capital improvement that is bolstered in the future.

Rental Investment Costs incurred to date are as follows:

Attorney’s Fees                                $268.30

Eviction Services                              $1,310.00

Total                                                  $1,578.30

Haul, Disinfect & Clean                   $4,800.00

Total                                                   $6,378.30

(Less) Security Deposit                     $1,295.00

Total Out-of-Pocket Exp                   $5,083.30

Always underwrite and double check you have the buffer!


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SPC066 – Matt Orf – 17 Years as a Continuous Improvement Engineer to Flipper

Real Estate Experience: Matt is a full time real estate investor and coach for new Real Estate investors. In the past two years of full time real estate activities he has flipped 3 properties without using any of his own capital. (Made profit on each flip) One of those flips he contributed most of the labor for the experience. The two other flips he was able to establish a team of contractors and implement some standard processes. He has acquired 3 rental properties in Kansas City, one of which was a subject to arrangement while the other two were acquired through private investor capital and leverage. These 3 properties now have a combined equity value of over $100K. Currently working toward a cash out refi to put toward an additional 4 or more properties in the Kansas City market. He also has a cash flowing duplex in New York, which is funded through a Self Directed IRA. In the last year he has been able to take 6 coaching clients through his program, which takes them from beginning investing knowledge through acquiring their first cash flowing property. Matt’s short term investing goal is to reach a specific passive income amount through buy and hold properties. Once obtained, focus on flipping, coaching, 1031 exchanges and commercial investments.

Relevant Work Experience: Matt spent 17 years working for Harley Davidson Motor Company in many different roles within the organization. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt, which is a system for process analysis and Continuous improvements. In these roles he was able to work in varied parts of the company from Materials, Logistics, Finance, Assembly, Supply Chain, Clean room development, Information technology, Organizational Development and training, to writing training materials for standard practices. The majority of this work revolved around Project Management and focus to details and repeatable processes to minimize defects in all areas. (waste reduction to increase profits.) These projects allowed Matt to work directly with all levels of the organization and with team members from around the world. In 2014 Matt retired and started 3 Real Estate Investment focused businesses.

Real Estate Education and Mentors: Matt is a life long learner. In the past two years he has worked with 3 private coaches focusing on areas of personal self development, Real Estate investing education and mentoring, health, wellness and mindfulness. He is currently in training to become a certified Bulletproof coach. He is certified in Project management, holds a black belt level degree in Six Sigma, is certified in Lean Manufacturing through the University of Michigan, and holds a business management degree from Park University. Matt is a regular participant on the Bigger Pockets online community and the local Kansas City Real estate association. He regularly consumes podcasts, audio books and traditional books that focus on diverse topics such as Real Estate, investing, mindset, personal growth, relationship building, tax savings, business creation and improvements. (and Star Wars) ☺

1) How much simple passive Cashflow are you making today and how are you doing it?
(You don’t need to give a number if you would like privacy. You can be vague such as halfway to quitting my job, cover my mortgage, Make 25% of my expenses, over $10k, although people like when people open up the kimono.) Enough to support my desired lifestyle.

2) What is your Han Solo moment – Han Solo and his buddy Chewbacca from Star Wars were cruising around the galaxy as lowlife smugglers but then cross paths with Luke and Leia and his life took a pivot point. Describe the resistance that was the catalyst for change.
At the time I had a full time career in corporate America, when I met my (currently) fiancé; she asked me a question that made the shift for me. It was the beginning stages of us getting to know each other, we were talking about what we did for a living. After I told her about what I did she asked me if I love my job. I took a few minutes to really think about it. It was at that moment I had the AHAH! I really disliked what I did! It was the first time I really analyzed how I got to this point. I did everything I was told I was “supposed to do”. Graduate high school, go to college, get a good job, invest in your 401K, work hard and everything will be “perfect”. It was far from perfect. I felt like I was living a lie. I had been duped. I wasn’t happy with where I was at all, and it was all based on the decisions I had made. Shortly after my answer to my fiancé, she said, “well if you don’t like your job, what are you going to do?”. I replied, I will be making a change and I will figure it out.”
Did you “burn the boats” or did you let it happen naturally – was there an internal (you decided to make a change on own – what was thought process?) or external trigger (ie got fired from your job)?
I burnt the boats in a huge way. That next Monday (after the talk with my now fiancé) I walked into the office and pulled my manager into a meeting room and handed him my two-week resignation letter. He was floored. He said what are we going to do? You have been with us for 17 plus years, what are you going to do? I replied, I have no idea, but it isn’t going to be this. I was 100% sure that I was making a change in my life to something that I truly desired to do. I took the next two weeks to get all my things in order and transition to a different life. I walked out of that building for the last time and felt as if the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders. There was also a lot of fear and internal emotions involved I had to deal with. (All of which were great things)

3) Worst life/business moment what did you do after? Lesson learned?

4) Current 2-week experiment and 6-month project? (90-180 day goal) A mark of a high performer is to put your ego aside and accept the help of others and mastermind maybe folks can help you by you asking.
Current six month project is my first syndication in Belize. Can talk high level on it, but would love to get other investors to contact me for more info.

5) What is your simple passive Cashflow number? Now imagine you had 2x that amount… Describe your ideal day, detailed routine, and what projects you are working on.
I practice the “Miracle morning” most everday. – alarm goes off at 6 am. Meditate, breathe, yoga, goals review, schedule review, affirmations, BP coffee, intermittent fasting until 11am or 12 pm. Spending time with the girls before school- working on Real Estate investments (flips/rentals), Coaching others on building their portfolios and crafting their action plan to escape the rat race. I also coach small businesses and coaches on how to build systems and processes to reduce waste and increase profits. Every 3-4 days I will hit the gym- usually weights- Metabolic Complexes (A metabolic complex is a series of exercises performed fluidly together without rest. Complexes are ideal for fat loss. They involve tremendous amounts of work in a short time. For the time-crunched, complexes are invaluable.) I do quite a bit of reading and consume 3-4 podcasts a day. My top podcasts area:
The Tony Robbins Podcast
The Tim Ferriss show
The Way I Heard It
The Real Wealth Show
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
Bulletproof Radio
Bigger Pockets Podcast
Epic Real Estate Investing

6) Something that you have recently or thought about “burning your cash” on for time savings or an improvement in quantity of life.
7) Something that you changed your mind on? Our ego often gets in the way of greatness.

7) Tony Robbins identifies two large concepts that we are continually struggling to gain perfection at: #1-Art of Fulfillment and #2-Science of Achievement. If you died tomorrow and I were to email this to your kids a couple decades later… this is what they would hear.
What is your secret/hack for the “Science of Achievement?” Any secret habits to share? Morning or Nighttime ritual?
What is your secret/hack for the “Art of Fulfillment?” How you do contribute back?

8) Anything we missed and contact info if you would like anyone to get a hold of you. URL?
www.MattOrf.com
Matthew@CarboniteProperty.com

 


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SPC065 – #LaneHack – Resonance Frequency & 10 ways to appear engaged at your day job.

Happy Independence Day!
It is currently my 10 year anniversary of working and being a productive adult in the workforce
Somewhere along the way I found my way into this real estate investing and dedicated my efforts to building passive streams of income to do what I want, where I want, with who I want
Anti Rich Dad Poor Dad will call us undisciplined and with poor work ethic
I have collected the data points of over a hundred calls with investors and have found that it is rare that someone is able to align what they are good at and what they are passionate about
If you like what you do (I mean Saturday morning like what you do) consider yourself lucky
I use the analogy of a sonicare toothbrush and resonance frequency

10 ways to appear engaged at your day job with you are building passive streams of income
1) walk fast and move around frantically – general work areas
2) don’t tell people where your are going on vacation (ie going to Dallas to look at apartments)
3) don’t take calls in your car where people can see you
4) don’t drive a fancy car to work
5) attempt to look like your bring a brown bag to work… Say something like you are being healthy
6) invest in a small compact laptop to analyze deals and emails & Google Drive!
7) use calendar scheduler and VAs to schedule your calls around your work
8) when asked why you are not investing in the company sponsored 401k just say you are a government conspiracy folk… It will be easier to understand
9) just nod and say yes!
10) when you purposely keep your workspace cluttered so you look busy and appear indispensable
(Just for fun!)


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5) Make sure you sign up for my Hui Deal Pipeline Club to get sent the deals I come across:
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6) I am partnered with a start-up Virtual Assistant firm out in the Philipines. Shoot me an email Lane@simplepassivecashflow.com if you want to try out a 10-hour free trial.
More info: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4gFjCt6Knc1U3YwYjdZRnYzN1k

7) Join a Local Social Club:
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Bay Area: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SPCHUIBAY/
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SPC064 – Fundamentals – Ask Lane – LLCs, Helocs vs Cash Outs, Working in a Sellers Market, Hedge Fund

 

Whats up Chip, thanks for the questions!

I have become convinced over the past several weeks that i should get into my first SFH rental. [Can’t say I agree since I don’t know your situation]

My first question is, i keep hearing the market is overheated and the experienced guys are taking a break. That obviously concerns me. Should i be extra cautious? My thoughts are if the numbers work (i.e. good cashflow on paper) the market should not matter, am i being naive? Since i am just learning, if i break even and someone else pays off the note and i get the tax breaks (one of my primary goals) am i not still ahead of the game? My problem is I am new and may not see a good vs. bad deal. Are there some good resources you can guide me to on rental unit analysis. Is there a big risk people see that the mortgage tax deduction will go away in the next couple of years? That could be a big negative.

[First people say that we are going into a near (6-18 month correction/recession) is based of some true historical evidence. Typically market cycles last 8-12 years. The past does not predict the future. The future my be a correction in a near term or could be the greatest 4-6 year bull run. Things have stopped making any sense after coming off the gold standard and everything is based off emotions/fear.

I personally think that people who say they are taking their chips off the table and staying in cash are ‘playing the game not to win’. The big dogs can do this because they have substantial amounts of cashflow coming in. You may not – especially if you are in the beginning stages of building a portfolio. If you heard the chat I had with Jorge Newberry on May 31st we briefly discussed the “Art of the Deal” where you make deals based on sound underwriting. Because I work in apartments, the deal needs to be undervalued with under market rents to support a 20% IRR with conservative expectations of the market. That means that the current reversion cap rates don’t continue to decrease like how they are. That means you don’t speculate like a flipper that the market is going to go up. It means in one respect that you are operating independently of the market. LOL Easily said than done and requires you to find the needle in the haystack deal and be able to have the dealmaking abilities to take it down. There is definitely a divide between investors who buy (Good) turnkey SFH, (better) some value add MFH, and (best) value add MFH in distress.

Here is some If-then engineering speak:
If you are buying turnkey, then you are buying the (Good) deals and expect to make very little. If a correction happens, then you will be tested which makes it very important that you buy with proper due diligence and with adequate cashflow. So basically there is a razor-edge margin for error. But hey… its better than the stock market… as long as you can hold on to the home in times of trouble.

So you play this game between optimizing your liquidity and deploying in the Better and Best deals which rarely see the light of day in this Seller’s market.

The Real Estate Guys call this quantum (inefficiently deploying funds) the cost of insurance in times of uncertainty.

Me and my business partner were looking at some 8-50 unit properties in Dallas that looked pretty good but ended up not pulling the trigger because the numbers did not meet our standards. The funny thing is after we got a budget from the property management company, we went over our underwriting with them and the property management company told us point blank that we were underwriting these properties correctly and the deal did not make sense. Unfortunately, 95% of investors are buying things 20% more than they should. These are the suckers who are doing deals just to do deals. Part of the problem is that these investors are not investing their own money and are getting lazy but I’m speculating there.

But it frankly sucks how I am sitting here with my fishing pole in my hand not getting any action 🙁 No one likes a dry spell.

On the other hand be a treasure hunter and do anything unless its gold.

In that theme what are some big mistakes you have made or heard about that might help the next guy to avoid.

Buying from the wrong provider
Even if buying from the good provider, not being educated
Not having a mentor to hold your hand and get every cent in due diligence and to pull you back when the deal does not make sense

Next should i form an LLC? As i researched some select turnkey property tax data i see that only about 30-40% of the final buyers have an LLC. Why such a little percentage? Is there a big disadvantage? I of course will seek professional help. But before i do I would like to have a bit of a baseline to hold an intelligent discussion and to detect poor advice.

Let me first say that I am not a lawyer and everyone has different levels of risk tolerance and more or less to lose. Second, this is a #newbie question that signals indecision as someone thinking more about the “how” and the bad things instead of the why. Its a signal that you are heading down the road of no action. That said, I did not start with an LLC but then grew my entity structure and insurance levels to grow with my portfolio. You have to have balance, don’t put the cart in front of the horse but don’t leave yourself vulnerable. That’s basically a non-answer 😉 and I can go more into it as a coaching client if I know your situation but at the risk of people taking me literally in everything I say, I will not answer this directly because sometimes people fail to think for themselves and this is a highly individual advice. Here is some advice from a real lawyer and http://markjkohler.com/how-many-properties-should-i-put-in-my-llc/?inf_contact_key=7798f73b03f34189c37a4fa58d0e0c94b558ac75c935fe8c2a2a87fad33fdded

And check out his live events. I have been twice and going again this year: https://markjkohler.lpages.co/lane-kawaoka-seattle-wtw-2017/

How do i get good local answers? for example here in Houston a 20-year roof may only last 12-15 years, or so the roofers say. Would someplace like biggerpockets be the best place for questions like those?

Network with local investors.
Add value, don’t be an ask-hole
Sometimes you are going to operate in the dark. Like the disclaimer says “in everything there is risk”. If I take anything from my construction management jobs we always eat up the 10-25% project contingency because you never know what the unknown and unknowable is. Its funny because if you don’t spend your contingency then that is a sign that you are over designing (wasting money) and not accelerating schedule enough. You can mitigate it with a mentor looking out for your best interests but that’s about it. Buy right with cashflow and take into account contingency.

Lastly, I am quite nervous over this new unknown but i have the W2 income to cover a rental so its really just head vs. gut. Any links to general info you could pass my way would be greatly appreciated. I am also trained as an engineer and so you probably can sympathize with the need to analyze things to death.

Cool, you can keep doing what you are doing and you know what is going to happen. Or you can follow the less beaten road and follow in the footsteps of people who have what you want.

Really enjoyed the topics on the last podcast. Wouldn’t mind a more in depth analysis and discussion. I’ve been thinking a lot about lease vs buying a used car (a la Millionaire Next Door). Also the renting vs buying a house. What do you think about with buying, you are locking in your payment for 30 years whereas the rent you’ll pay will go up with inflation. Also, when there’s some equity a HELOC can be pretty powerful. Plus, as a physician, I can get a No money down loan with no pmi. Do you think that changes the decision to buy?

I’ll add this to the ask Lane. But I am not a fan of a Heloc cause you cannot get the whole equity amount as a loan. Normal maximums on Helocs are 80% therefore 20% is never really tappable. So when you are comparing the ROI make sure you are accounting for the 20% that just sits there.

People have been showing me a lot of development deals.

I am sure some people would be interested… personally, I just want stable cashflow in this market. I bring up this vague concept of the Sharpe Index. Part of this is that I know what is a 20% a year deal in MFH and that is all I need… I just need to be patient do what I do and I will hit my goals in a few years. It would be unacceptable for me to blow it just to get there in 1.5-2 years.

 


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Podcast#63 – Interview – Sarah Pritchett another Passive W2 Employee investing herself out of the job and getting all she needs

 

Building up the portfolio off of MLS 25% returns Use condition of purchase to have big capex repaired Cashflow is 40-45% of rents collected Find the WHY behind the WHAT of financial independence She used the HELOC to power her investing Now she is trying out foreclosure and partnerships @29:00 I just decided to pass on a deal because it just did not fit based on what she said Do you day job well and do what else you enjoy I’m 29, grew up in Michigan (went to UofM- Go Blue!) where I joined Air Force ROTC and commissioned into the US Air Force. My first station was down in Florida and now I’m here in Colorado loving life. I do Program Management/Acquisitions related work for the military. What area of real estate do you plan to discuss? – SFH buy and hold rentals mostly, one duplex How did you get started in REI? – I’ve been pursuing Financial Independence since I plugged into Mr. Money Mustache’s blog in December 2014. My goal was to make it by age 30 and I got there 10 months later. I started my journey by investing for Cash Flow (instead of flipping, etc). My first offer was Jan 2015 on short sale, first deal (not the short sale) closed July 2015. How many deals have you done? – Seven- about to be eight next week if all goes well What types of deals were they? – Four townhouses in FL where I used to live for the military and two condos in CO, duplex in MI, about to close on another one in MI Can you name something notable about these deals? – They have taught me a lot personally (relaxing more, empowering myself, taking me out of my comfort zone in a way the military hasn’t), they allowed some great connections and teams. I’ve also only signed one deal in person. Most were mail outs but the most recent one I was out of the country for. What is the current focus of your business? – Financial Independence. Freedom.

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ent focus of your business? – Financial Independence. Freedom.

 


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Podcast#62 – Fundamentals – 3 Things to do this summer for your rentals

Ask assistance from your property manager for your tenants about lease option. An option for the tenant to purchase the home.
$100 or $5000 lease option fee. A win-win for yourself as a home owner and for the tenant.

Hi property manager,

With the summer coming up and rent up season approaching I was wondering if you would be able to ask every one of my tenants if they were interested in purchasing the home via lease option.. Here is an idea on how to have a conversation about the proposition..

1) Praise the tenant for a good track record.. And let them know we are looking to create a win-win situation.

2) Ask if they would like to own their own home one day.. This also provides us information on if we need to plan for vacancy.

3) Present the lease option deal idea, if the rent is 1000, ask to raise the price to 1100 (+100) and 50 dollars goes to a deposit account and 50 goes as a fee as a deposit.

We can work on the exact contract with a lawyer. This is offer is not for everyone but is ideal for someone who has to recover from bankruptcy and/or has a credit score improving… Once they are signed on with the lease option this should greatly eliminate service calls making your job easier… Also when we sell you will be the agent on record on can have the commission$… Please report back on the following within the next month after you have had a brief conversation with the tenant: 123 Main Street:

1) Interested in buying this home? if not why/when? any issues with current living conditions? 2) What are their barriers to a lease option? (credit score, job/location stability) —

2) What are their barriers to a lease option? (credit score, job/location stability) —

3) Present the lease option deal idea, if the rent is 1000, ask to raise the price to 1100 (+100) and 50 dollars goes to a deposit

 

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Podcast #061 – #LaneHack – Frank Ostaseski – What the Dying Teach the Living

 

Those who find Simple Passive Cashflow seem have a common habit of delay gratification and Type-A personalities. We struggle to find balance from living today (YOLO) or living 50 to 100 years. Decisions and mindsets that are optimized for one end of the spectrum are a detriment to the goals of the other. Frank Ostaseski in his 1.5 hour talk “What the Dying Teach the Living” gives us great insights with his insights of working with those who are in the last leg of life. Personally I have giving up on trying to be a normal engineer and learn things on my own when I can compress learning curves and learn from the experience of others.
1) Don’t Wait – What are you waiting on? Compress learning curves and get Real Estate coaching 😉
2) Welcome everything, push away nothing – we are free to be open?
3) Bring your whole self to the experience
4) Find a place of rest in the busy of things – don’t wait until you are less busy
5) Cultivate don’t know mind – your ego gets in the way of greatness, question everything.

 


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